Retail Sales


  • Europe Preview: Don't Count Out Inditex Tuesday, 10 Jun 2008 | 3:15 PM ET

    The consumer across the world is under considerable pressure. Record oil prices, the credit crunch and inflationary pressures all appear to be taking their toll on people’s willingness to spend. We got some better data from the UK on Tuesday, but the trend across Europe has been weak since the turn of the year, and many of the big players are beginning to become very worried.

  • License To Sell: The Video Clips Tuesday, 10 Jun 2008 | 12:50 PM ET

    Here are the video clips of my interviews on American companies licensing overseas. Be sure and check out my blog post on this as well.

  • Euro Shares Slide to 10-Week Closing Low Tuesday, 10 Jun 2008 | 12:28 PM ET

    European stocks fell for the fifth straight day on Tuesday, dragged down by commodities shares to their lowest close in more than two months.

  • Tesco Sales Rise 3.5% But Non-Food Sales Slow Tuesday, 10 Jun 2008 | 11:57 AM ET

    Tesco said its first quarter like-for-like sales excluding petrol in its core UK market rose 3.5 percent, slower than at the start of the year as clothing and furniture sales were hit by a consumer squeeze.

  • The Box Butler Tackles Clutter in a Whole New Way Tuesday, 10 Jun 2008 | 10:53 AM ET
  • License To Sell: U.S. Brand Names "For Sale" Overseas Tuesday, 10 Jun 2008 | 10:00 AM ET
    Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus.

    So many entertainment and toy giants are looking to lend their names to manufacturers who want to sell their name overseas. According to Disney their licensing business will grow to $30 billion dollars in 2008.

  • Wheels Coming Off Trolley for Grocer's? Tuesday, 10 Jun 2008 | 6:48 AM ET

    In a day of bullish indicators for the UK retail sector, there’s a worrying crack in Tesco’s latest sales numbers.

  • Newspapers: Can Less News = Higher Margins? Monday, 9 Jun 2008 | 4:29 PM ET

    There's no question the newspaper business is in trouble. The question IS: Can Sam Zell, chairman of the Tribune Company, build a profitable business in an industry that's in decline?

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    I asked CEO Lee Scott where the tipping point in terms of changing consumer behavior. His answer was an interesting one. Scott said it was undeniable that Wal-Mart's core customers were the first ones impacted by the spike in gasoline prices and they bought less.

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    Wal-Mart - already the biggest music retailer in the US - is now bypassing record labels and striking distribution deals directly with musicians.

  • Another strike?

    With the Dow plunging and concerns about employment numbers looming, it makes the potential of another strike--this one from the Screen Actors Guild--scarier.

  • McDonald's Global Sales Rise 7.7% in May Monday, 9 Jun 2008 | 8:34 AM ET
    A McDonalds sign welcomes patrons into the restaurant in Wilmington, Del., Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2007. McDonald's Corp., the world's largest fast-food chain, says its fourth-quarter profit more than doubled, thanks in large part to the spinoff of a burrito chain and strong sales in Europe. (AP Photo/Chris Gardner)

    McDonald's Corp, the world's largest restaurant chain, said on Monday that global sales at restaurants open at least 13 months rose 7.7 percent in May, helped by strong international sales.

  • Wild Ride on Wall Street May Not Be Over Yet Sunday, 8 Jun 2008 | 11:12 AM ET

    Fasten your seatbelt, it could be a wild ride on Wall Street again this week as investors lick their wounds from Friday's market mayhem and brace for a key inflation report.

  • Wal-Mart Touts Changes, Vision at Annual Meeting Friday, 6 Jun 2008 | 10:58 AM ET

    Wal-Mart Stores annual meeting got under way Friday with a combination of self-congratulations for a year in which the retailer began to get its U.S. sales back on track and a tinge of nostalgia for its founder, Sam Walton.

  • When God Moves Market: Climate Thursday, 5 Jun 2008 | 6:31 PM ET

    Since the time of Joseph (or at least Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat) stores have been pinning their lousy sales on the weather…

  • Rebate Checks Boost Retail, But How Long Can It Last? Thursday, 5 Jun 2008 | 2:35 PM ET

    How long can a slow economy mean good times at Wal-Mart? The company is betting that the traffic boost from rebate checks will carry into June and that grocery sales will still be strong in the month ahead. That’s why they’re forecasting sales up between 2-4%.

  • Retailers Get Big Sales Boost From Rebate Checks Thursday, 5 Jun 2008 | 2:31 PM ET

    Consumers stepped up their shopping in May after the tax rebate checks hit bank accounts, giving many of the nation's retailers a boost and helping them to top analyst estimates.

  • Consumers stepped up their shopping in May after the tax rebate checks hit bank accounts, giving many of the nation's retailers a boost and helping them to top analyst estimates.

  • Costco's May Same-Store Sales Rise 9% Thursday, 5 Jun 2008 | 6:06 AM ET

    Costco Wholesale, the largest U.S. warehouse club, reported a better-than-expected 9 percent rise in sales at stores open at least a year in May, helped by higher gasoline prices, food inflation and strength in foreign currency.

  • Retail Theft Up But Is Bad Economy The Cause? Wednesday, 4 Jun 2008 | 11:45 AM ET
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    According to the NRF, nearly two-thirds (63%) of retailers experienced an increase in online resale of stolen items or "e-fencing" during the past 12 months. Maybe this illegal online market is booming because consumers are now comfortable with buying from eBay or unknown merchants if the price is right.